We use our hands for so many things throughout the day, that it’s easy to see how they can become damaged. Sometimes, however, it’s also the things we think are good for our nails that end up damaging them in the end. Here is a list of some things you might be doing to your nails without even realizing how damaging it really is.
1. Biting Your Nails
Not only is biting your nails a gross habit, leaving you with short little stubs, but it is also bad for the health of your nails. Putting your fingernails in your mouth promotes the transfer of bacteria and leaves the sores on your fingers prone to infection. Try kicking the habit by painting your nails. A nice coat of polish might make you hesitate before putting your fingers in your mouth.
2. Chipping off your nail polish
When you chip away old nail polish by scratching it off with your other fingernails, it not only removes the nail polish, it also removes a layer of your nails with it. Always make sure to use a soft cotton ball and acetone to remove the polish safely without damaging your nails.
3. Cutting your Cuticles
A lot of people don’t like the look of their cuticles, so they cut them away. Using cuticle clippers will cause your nails to have ridges. Instead, the best way to deal with cuticles is to use cuticle oil, which will soften your cuticles and allow you to easily push them back.
4. An unhealthy diet
One of the best ways to tell how healthy your diet is, you need to look at your fingernails. For example, lots of sugar is damaging to the nails. For the best-looking nails, make sure your diet is rich in calcium and magnesium.
5. Acrylic or gel nails
Getting your nails done may seem like a great way to take care of them on a regular basis. However, the opposite is actually true. Acrylics require the nail to buffed, which can lead to thin and brittle nails.
6. Not using a base coat
If you don’t use a base coat when painting your nails, the nail polish could stain your nails. Lots of base coats have the added benefit of also making your nails stronger as well!
7. Getting your nails wet
If you are someone who gets their nails wet often, you might want to start considering using gloves. When nails get wet, they expand, and then contract, which weakens the nail.
8. Using them for anything heavy
Don’t use your nails to peel up stickers, open soda cans, or do anything heavy. Nails aren’t meant for heavy lifting and they will easily bend and snap.
9. Using polish with harmful chemicals
A lot of polishes contain harmful chemicals that can damage your nails – one of which is formaldehyde. There are a lot of helpful articles online that explain exactly how to read the chemical warnings on nail polish bottles. Make sure to stick to brands that don’t use harsh, damaging chemicals.
10. Using acetone too often
Earlier, we said you should always use acetone when removing your polish. While that is true, it’s not a good idea to use it more than once a week. Frequent acetone use will severely dry out your nails.
In the end, the health of your nails says a lot about the health of your entire body. Pay attention to them and take care of them, and you’ll be well on your way to a healthier you.
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